Frank Gaffney
Like John Wayne in a classic Hollywood Western, John Bolton has ridden to the rescue at the United Nations with scarcely a moment to spare. As a result, he may just be able to spare America and George Bush the mugging – let’s call it the UN AmBush – that the denizens of the East River had in mind for us next month.

It turns out that, during the months Mr. Bolton was being denied a Senate confirmation vote as the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, Kofi Anan’s folks and those from other countries who tend to dominate UN deliberations (generally, undemocratic and unfriendly sorts) were organizing what might be described as a surprise party for President Bush. The idea was, when he turned up for a special summit meeting from September 14-16, to oblige him to sign on to the most far-reaching – and outrageous – UN agenda in years. He wouldn’t be able to refuse at the last minute, lest he reinforce the rap that he is a “unilateralist cowboy.”

That agenda is laid out in a forty-page paper dated August 5 with the self-important title “Draft Outcome Document of the High-level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly of September 2005.” It reads like a wish-list assembled by advocates of world-government and foes of American sovereignty and power.

For example, the Outcome Document would have us believe that the United Nations has a critical role to play in all world affairs. Reforms it envisions for the institution are largely cosmetic, not the far-reaching, systemic and ongoing ones so clearly required. Support is also given to what amounts to an evolving permanent UN army.

Were President Bush to sign on to this Document, he would commit the United States to “meeting all commitments and obligations under the Kyoto Protocol.” Last time I checked, that was something he has strongly and repeatedly refused to do.

Then there are the disarmament provisions. Signatories would agree to “maintain a moratorium on nuclear test explosions pending the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and call upon all States to sign and ratify” that treaty – something a majority of the United States Senate refused to do a few years back, judging the treaty to be inconsistent with America’s national security interests.

They would also authorize “the commencement, without delay, of negotiations on…effective measures for the prevention of an arms race in outer space.” Successive U.S. administrations of both parties have opposed such negotiations as incompatible with our need to have assured access to and control of space.

Frank Gaffney

Frank Gaffney Jr. is the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy and author of War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World .
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